(Fresh Prince Theme)
This is a story of all about how an Empire got twisted upside down
and I’d like to take a minute just sit right there
I’ll tell you how Caesar became the Prince of a town called
Bel Air Rome.
West of the Tiber born and raised
On the battlefield was where Julius spent most of his days
Chillin’ out maxin’ relaxin’ all cool
And all shootin some arrows outside of the school
When a couple of tribes who were up to no good
Started making trouble in his neighborhood
He got in one little fight and they got scared
Emperor said ‘You’re movin’ with your army to a place called Gaul’
I’m sure you get the jist of the rest..but every great General needs a great walk in theme tune right?
Rags to Riches Story
So Gaius Julius Caesar is one of the most famous Roman Generals that ever lived, but not everything was smooth sailing for the guy. It has long been disputed, it’s estimated that Julius Caesar was born in Rome on July 12 or 13, 100 BC. While he hailed from Roman aristocrats, his family was far from rich. When Caesar was 16 his father, Gaius Caesar, died. He remained close to his mother, Aurelia.
The Rome of Caesar’s youth was unstable. An element of disorder ruled the Republic, which had discredited its nobility and seemed unable to handle its considerable size and influence.
At around the time of his father’s death, Caesar made a concerted effort to side with the country’s nobility. His marriage to Cornelia, the daughter of a noble, had drawn the ire of Rome’s dictator, Sulla, who ordered the young Roman to divorce his wife or risk losing his property. Caesar refused and found escape in the military, serving first in the province of Asia and then in Cilicia.
Caesar had a drive to make Rome a large Empire, expansion was always on his mind. Between 58 and 50 BC, Caesar conquered Gaul (nowadays France) and invaded Briton.
But Caesar was also careful to solidify his power and rule. He stuffed the Senate with allies, and required the same body to grant him honors and titles. He was allowed to speak first at assembly meetings, and Roman coins bore his face.